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How To Remove A Cigarette Burn From Your Hardwood Floor After A Big Party

by Juanita Perkins

If you just threw a big party and found that some inconsiderate soul stubbed out their cigarette on your hardwood floor, you are right to be fumed. Of course, that doesn't solve anything, so here is some information on how to solve the problem. Below is a list of steps to follow and your floor will as good as new.

Step 1: Sand Out The Burn

You should use rough grit sandpaper (100-150 grit.) You will want to sand down until the burn mark is gone. If you have a mechanical sander, then the work will go very fast, but you can also do the work with a hand sander. Don't worry about sanding away a circle surrounding the burn mark. You will be re-staining and reapplying polyurethane, so it's not a big issue. The main thing you want to do is make sure the burn mark is completely gone before you move on to staining the wood.

Step 2: Stain The Wood

Take a photo of the floor and bring it to the store and match the stain. You should test it out on a piece of scrap wood beforehand to make sure it matches your floor. You don't want to apply the stain only to see it's not a match. When you are satisfied you have the correct stain color, apply it with a cloth in a circular manner. Let it dry overnight.

Step 3: Scratch Coat The Poly Surrounding The Burn

You want the new poly to blend with the old poly. In order to do that, you should "scratch coat" a large circle area around the burn mark. Then tape the perimeter outside the scratch coat so that no new poly goes onto the old poly.

Take a fine grit sandpaper and lightly scratch the surface of the area surrounding the burn mark. This is known as a scratch coat. It helps the new polyurethane adhere to old poly. The area where the burn was doesn't need the scratch coat since poly will go on to the bare stained wood without a problem.

Step 4: Apply Poly

Buy a can of wipe on polyurethane. Use a cloth and apply the poly according to the directions on the can. You should try and make sure you apply it evenly and don't let it pool. If the poly pools up in one spot you will have to sand it down later and start over. To find out more, speak with someone like Clayton Paint & Flooring Center.